Posts in category "military"
My mother was not a philosopher. But she did pass on some practical wisdom to me. “Just because someone jumps into a lake, doesn’t mean you should,” she often said. I guess she knew I would never learn to swim. Another bit of advice she used to drum into our heads was “Consider the... Read more »
One hundred years ago today, the First Battle of the Marne began. Germany had declared war on France back on August 3. The very next day in response Great Britain did the same on Germany. The Marne is a river that flows into the Seine just north of Paris. On September 3 the Germans... Read more »
In search of some informed insight on what to do about the tinderbox in Iraq, the Today Show went slumming this morning. They called on, of all people, Paul Bremer. I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock. Yes, Paul Bremer. He was the guy Bush II appointed to govern Iraq... Read more »
Today’s birthday? John Pope’s. One of Abe’s generals, one of his hopes. At Second Bull Run he did not score a ‘V’, Smashed into Stonewall, and Longstreet, and Lee.
Born today was Andrew Jackson Who, some might say, with all the facts in, Was a president of the first rank. Not the least for opposing a National Bank. “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add… artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to... Read more »
[Larkin G. Mead's marble effigy of Ethan Allen in the National Statuary Hall. Given by Vermont in 1876] Born today was Ethan Allen. Colonial hero, but British felon. Anathema at King George’s court After taking Ticonderoga’s fort. [The cannon seized by Ethan Allen's forces at Fort Ticonderoga was later used effectively in the Battle for... Read more »
Born today was Edward Teller. “The nuclear fusion distinctively stellar For destruction is best,” he said with aplomb. And that’s how we got the hydrogen bomb.
Born today was Marshall Ney. When Napoleon lost, he had to pay The Allied executioner. C’est la vie? Nay, c’est la guerre. Ney, who was one of the military heroes of the Russian campaign (where Napoleon dubbed him “bravest of the brave”) and a gallant commander in many other key battles, would eventually plot... Read more »
Born today was Stephen Decatur American sea captain and navigator. He made our early navy strong And said ‘My country, right or wrong.’ * If right, he’d die for it in any fight. If wrong, he’d always strive to make it right. One of America’s greatest naval heroes, Decatur met an untimely death in a... Read more »
Born today was Isaac Asimov. To his memory I bid a fond mazel tov. Prolific author of fiction and non- Somewhere, I wonder, if he’s writing on. I won’t pretend to be objective about Isaac Asimov. I may have read more of his books than any other author’s. He wrote more than 500 of them. ... Read more »